Uncategorized | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 3

Want a Free Stay at the Mansion? Hit us with your Best Shot!

November 15th, 2010

As Wedding Season winds down, we find ourselves gearing up for our other favorite time of year- Engagement Season! With that, we’re working behind the scenes to update our marketing material to reflect the amazing season we’ve just had.

We are almost ready to unveil our newly designed folder that deserves a memorable shot. We have been so appreciative and grateful for the wedding professionals who have taken the time to share their images with us. We love showcasing them on our web site, Facebook page, Blog and during our Wedding Slide shows at the Bridal Shows.

For this coveted spot, however, we’d love to see who can “Hit us with their Best Shot” as it will be the single image prominently featured on the front of the folder, which is distributed to all brides interested in booking the Mansion.

What are we looking for you may ask? We’d love an image that focuses on the property itself- during the day or evening.  We love shots of our Mansion, tent, pergola and grounds, especially. We already have some swoon-worthy shots of brides and grooms so we’d prefer that this image not include people.

This contest is open to anyone, and if you are submitting on behalf of your wedding photographer, then you must have their written consent to do so.  Photographs must be free of watermarks and can take place during any of our wedding seasons. We will happily credit the photographer on the folder.

Ready to hit us with your best shot? Please email a low resolution (up to 4MB) version of the image to weddings@historicamankinmansion.com by 5pm on Sunday, November 21.  The winner will be informed shortly thereafter and will receive a complimentary stay here at Historic Mankin Mansion.

Questions? Please contact us at weddings@historicmankinmansion.com.Thanks in advance to all those who take the time to submit- we can’t wait to get started!

Good luck!
Paula & Martin Ramirez


A New Way to Keep up with Historic Mankin Mansion

October 6th, 2010

Planning one’s wedding can be fun- but it can also be daunting. We here at Historic Mankin Mansion do our very best to give brides, grooms and their family all the information they need in order to make an informed decision.

So when we heard that Wedding Wire was offering the opportunity to share our information through mobile devices, we were thrilled. After all, brides and grooms are constantly on the go- it made perfect sense.

The image above is our QR Code, our very own unique bar code to learn more about weddings at Historic Mankin Mansion. One simply has to upload a QR Code Reader app to their phone (the  QR Scanner for iPhone or Barcode Scanner for Android) and then wave their phone in front of this code. You’ll receive instant access to information on the go.

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez


B&Bs for Vets

September 30th, 2010

When the West Virginia B&B Association began the “Bed and Breakfasts for Vets” program in 2009, we were happy to join over 400 other Bed and Breakfasts in this great cause.

As Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, WV, and the leader of the initiative noted:

“We just wanted to say thank you to the courageous men and women from our armed forces. These are some trying times for anyone serving or who has served and a good night’s rest is our way to say, thank you.”

The initiative has received press coverage and we were delighted when the Mansion was asked to be featured.

Each participating B&B will provide at least one complimentary room on the eve of Veteran’s Day for active and retired military.

For more information- http://www.newser.com/article/d9ih7oqg1/wva-womans-idea-gets-400-bbs-to-offer-military-families-free-stay-for-veterans-day.html

See you soon,
Martin & Paula Ramirez

Source: www.bnbsforvets.org


A New Addition to the Historic Mankin Mansion Family

July 28th, 2010

What a busy summer it’s been here at Historic Mankin Mansion! We’ve enjoyed our summer weddings and guests, and have appreciated the opportunity to meet more brides and wedding professionals at the bridal shows. As the season progressed however, we realized that we needed to bring in someone from the outside to assist with our marketing initiatives. With that, we are pleased to announce that Meghan Ely with OFD Consulting is now a part of the Historic Mankin Mansion family as Director of Marketing!

We have enjoyed working with Meghan in several capacities over the years. Meghan has been in the Richmond wedding industry for the last seven years, spending the majority of the time with the five star, five diamond Jefferson Hotel. In early 2009, she formed niche pr/marketing firm OFD Consulting, which services the wedding industry. Since then, she’s also become Managing Director of the Richmond Bridal Association, of which we are proud members. Meghan brings her marketing/pr know how, as well as her wedding industry insight, to the table and we couldn’t be more pleased.  Meghan will have various responsibilities with the Mansion, including hosting our upcoming luncheon with the Greater Richmond Tourism Association.

So what’s next for Historic Mankin Mansion? Join us August 8 at the Richmond Bridal Showcase, where we will be meeting even more brides for the 2010-2011 season. We’ve also been working with some amazing, and generous photographers, to update our wedding portfolio. All the latest can be found on our Facebook fan page, so if you haven’t become a fan yet, be sure to do so today!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez


Historic Mankin Mansion’s Very Own Feature on the Radio

July 7th, 2010

We were thrilled to hear that our very own Wedding Planner Mary-Catherine Berry was to be featured as part of a winning contest on Richmond radio show Girlfriend We Gotta Talk with Mary Foley and Suzie Galvez. Little did she know that her best friend Meghan Ely had actually entered her in the “Best Girlfriends” contest while Mary-Catherine was on her honeymoon. It was icing on the (wedding) cake, when Mary-Catherine found out the good news while at a wedding at the Mansion!

Girlfriend We Gotta Talk is a weekly show on Sundays that covers any and all women related topics. This month, Mary and Suzie were celebrating girlfriends as part of their second anniversary, and Meghan submitted an entry for their Girlfriends Stories contests, tales of how girlfriends have helped each other out during particular times in their life.

Meghan’s story about Mary-Catherine stood out, and she was asked to be interviewed on their show about their friendship. Well naturally, she had to bring Mary-Catherine along, and before you know it, they were huddle together in one part of the Mansion doing their interview just a couple of weeks ago.

We enjoyed hearing their fun tale and we were thrilled that the happy ending to Mary-Catherine’s story was when she began working here at Historic Mankin Mansion. It was also a wonderful story, since Meghan is now also a part of the Historic Mankin Mansion family, as our Director of Marketing.

If you didn’t catch it the first time, then just click here to hear their fun story- theirs is the first one featured in the series- girlfriendwegottatalk062710

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez